Sunday, November 25, 2007

UN Climate Circus Rolls In On CO2 Cloud

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UN Climate Circus Rolls In On CO2 Cloud
Nicola Smith and Jonathan Leake

It has been billed as the summit that could help save the planet, but the latest United Nations climate change conference on the paradise island of Bali has itself become a major contributor to global warming.

Calculations suggest flying the 15,000 politicians, civil servants, green campaigners and television crews into Indonesia will generate the equivalent of 100,000 tonnes of extra CO2. That is similar to the entire annual emissions of the African state of Chad.

When it was first conceived, only a few thousand politicians civil servants and environmentalists were expected to attend the conference — about normal for such an event.
The meeting, which runs from December 3-14, aims to create the framework for a successor to the Kyoto treaty on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, which expires in 2012.

However, climate change’s growing political importance has led to a surge in interest in the conference, which is being held in the luxury holiday resort of Nusa Dua on Bali’s palm-fringed southern coast. Attendees are expected to include celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor, as well as Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, and Al Gore, the former US vice-president.

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Indonesian officials say the final tally could reach 20,000 — and fear it could stretch the resort’s infrastructure to the limit. About 90% of the emissions will be generated by delegates flying thousands of miles to Bali, with the rest coming from the facilities they will be using.
Chris Goodall, a carbon emissions expert who did the calculations for The Sunday Times, estimated that each person flying to Bali would, on average, generate the equivalent of 6.48 tonnes of CO2. If 15,000 people attend, this adds up to over 97,000 tonnes of CO2. To this must be added about 13,000 tonnes of CO2 from the conference venue and hotels — a total of 110,000 tonnes.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

''Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virture''. I just love these elitists who tell us all how we should live, and who go so far as to demand laws to ''save the planet'' but of course, none of this ever applys to them. I just love it. J'Mac.

10:57 AM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

Who started this "carbon footprint" nonsense anyway?

The whole thing is ridiculous ...especially with all the rich and famous jetting about in private planes and riding in expensive cars and limos.

Assuming that the rich, Kerry and the Heinz clan, the Clinton's, and a list ad nauseum, really leave "footprints," they are leaving dinosaur-sized prints!

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they all should walk to the conference...and swim.

What a bunch of geniuses!

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phandancer

Why can't they focus on video conferencing??

Oh yeah...I forgot...this is all for glamor, pomp and fame.

What a bunch of fools.

Oh...and SF is looking to outlaw fires in fireplaces!!!
As you know then only outlaws will have fireplaces.

6:08 AM  

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